The Hassle-Free Guide to Buying Your Guy a Gift He’ll Love

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Every few months there seems to be another holiday, anniversary, birthday, or other occasion to buy a gift for your significant other. It can be complicated to buy a gift for the man in your life, and whether you’re in a new relationship or have been together for a decade, gift giving can be a tricky art to master.

The next time you feel overwhelmed with shopping or underwhelmed with options, consider the following suggestions for a hassle-free guide to buying your guy a gift he’ll love.

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Start With Some Brainstorming

What has he mentioned lately? You need some eavesdropping skills to master the art of surprise presents. Directly asking him what he wants may or may not result in a monotone “I don’t know.” Instead of feeling stumped, try using some sleuthing skills to pick up on hints in conversations.

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Events

Did you overhear him talking about a big game or a concert with his buddies? Or maybe he mentioned that his favorite band is in town this summer. Find out if there is an event he’s interested in, for which you could get tickets. An activity to do with your man is always a great gift option because it will be an experience you’ll never forget and you’ll create memories together. Be sure to look out for presale codes, group pricing for friends, and other deals to save you some cash.

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Fan Merchandise

If you want to go for something a little smaller-scale, think about what he’s interested in, whether it be a concert or his favorite hockey team. A sophisticated beer mug with his favorite team logo, or a set of coasters sporting his favorite band’s album artwork could be perfect for his man cave. Any die-hard sports fan will appreciate memorabilia that is thoughtful and serves a purpose. Giant foam fingers are a no-no, but glassware, clothing, or something useful like a branded case for his tablet can be an everyday reminder of his favorite team or band.

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Spoil Him

If there isn’t a team that he follows or a band that he’s into, merchandise might not be your best bet. Instead, think about something that he wouldn’t buy for himself. Gift giving is a time where you can pamper a person and spoil them in ways they don’t normally get to enjoy. A deluxe shaving set or high-end grooming kit would be a luxurious item that most men wouldn’t purchase for themselves. A new cologne or silk tie is something he wouldn’t pick up on an average shopping trip. Although he might not mention it, most men enjoy a little pampering here and there, so find something he enjoys and look for a fancier version to take it up a notch. .

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Gifts That Keep On Giving

Another avenue to try is something long-lasting. Giving a gift that keeps on giving will make him think of you every time he uses it. Think of something that he likes, whether it’s Starbucks coffee or car magazines, and take it up a notch. A year-long subscription to a men’s magazine that he enjoys would be a long-lasting gift that he can look forward to each month. He may not want to spend five bucks of his paycheck each month on a magazine strictly about golf or fishing, but it will be a special treat if you buy it for him. Not into the monthly magazine? Try a home-brewing set or specialty coffee beans from his favorite coffee shop. That will allow him the option of indulging in his favorite brand of espresso or fancy flavored latte at home on a Sunday without having to wait in line.

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Remember

With this simple guide you should be able to master the art of gift-giving for your guy. An event, matching merchandise, a luxurious splurge, or a long-lasting present are all great choices for the man in your life. You can find something to fit any budget with these suggestions and he’ll definitely appreciate the amount of thought and consideration you put into picking out a present that suits his interests and personality.

Jun 10, 2015